Story by Faith Durand // Photo by Jodi Miller

Rum plays a starring role in tiki drinks--with an array of dark, light and flavored rums each taking a turn. We checked in with mixologist extraordinaire Cris Dehlavi of M, who won a recent Don Q Rum Competition with her original concoction the Refresco, on all things rum.

What's your favorite rum drink?
My favorite rum drink is a classic Mai Tai. Most people don't know the original recipe but it is really a delicious cocktail when made properly.

Do you have a favorite rum?
It's tough because one rum to the next is so different. One of the beautiful things about rum is that you can use two or even three rums in one cocktail; you don't see that with other spirits. I really like Mt. Gay Eclipse, Cruzan Blackstrap and Appleton.

Are there other mixers that work particularly well with rum?
Rum works really well with juices of any kind--tropical like guava or pineapple--but also with things like ginger beer, which you would use in a Dark and Stormy. I also like to use rum in hot drinks like a Hot Buttered Rum or a Tom and Jerry.

MAKE A REFRESCO

1.5 oz. Don Q Anejo rum
1 oz. fresh pineapple juice
1 oz. fresh guava juice
.5 oz. Luxardo Maraschino cherry liqueur

Mix ingredients together and stir. Pour over ice. Garnish with a pineapple wedge and leaf, fresh sugar cane and Luxardo cherry.

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